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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 24, 1985
Pianist Bruce fi
his philosophy o

By Neil Galanter
"M USIC IS so fascinating when you
look at it. There are so many
purposes to which it is put," says Neely
Bruce, visiting professor at the School
of Music.
Bruce will be demonstrating this
philosophy as he performs a special
piano recital, titled "a grand concert of
the most beautiful and elegant music."
The event will take place next Tuesday
April 30th at 3:30 p.m. at the Clements
Library on South University Street.
Bruce's program will consist of an hour
of relatively obscure 19th century
American piano music of which Bruce
is a specialist. Bruce has been a guest
professor here this year in the School of
Music, teaching two courses in
American music, and this ;program is a
perfect opportunity to view Bruce's
command of the American music
repetoire.
The afternoon begins with Anthony
Phillip Heinrich's Marcia di Ballo and
Rondo Fanfare, which makes musical
mention of the popular American tune
"Yankee Doodle." This piece was writ-
ten as an overture to a dance for Major
Smiley of Bardstown, Kentucky,"
Bruce says chuckling at the name
Major Smiley. "Actually the piece is
one of the most unique in the American

piano music repetoire, there is nothing
like it." Bruce adds, "It even has a touch.
of ragtime music in it near the end." I
got an even more clear depiction of this
rag material when Bruce went over to
the Steinway grand piano and began
playing excerpts with amazing vitality
and sumptuous tone.
Also on his program Tuesday after-
noon is a Grand Paraphrase of Stephen
Foster's popular folk song, "Old Folks
at Home." Luckily, I got a sampling of
that too. "I'm also programming fifty
percent of Stephen Foster's entire
piano output, three of his six piano
pieces," Bruce says.
To make his recital relatively short
but satisfying, he will be closing with
American pianist Louis Moreau Got-
tschalk's two most famous piano
pieces: "The Last Hope", and "The
Banjo." "The Banjo" is a brilliant con-
cert piece, which interestingly enough
exhibits shades of Stephen Foster's
"Camptown Races." They both lived at
the same time, however, when Foster
was composing his folk songs in the
U.S., Gottschalk was in Europe, so it is
questionable whether Gottschalk would
have ever heard Foster's "Camptown
Races."
"I have tailored this recital to the
piano itself (in the Clemens Library),"
notes Bruce. The library's piano
doesn't have a large dynamic range but

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f music
that shouldn't be a problem for Bruce.
He explains that that piano is not a
brilliant instrument, but that a nine-
foot Steinway and Son's would not be
appropriate for this type of music
anyway. The modesty of this in-
strument is just perfect for his
repetoire.
Bruce claims that he is deeply in-
volved in the repetoire although it is not
usual fare like Beethoven or Mozart. He
has made over 16 record albums as a
conductor and a pianist, one of which is
an album of all Anthony Phillip
Heinrich piano music.
Bruce is currently on a leave of ab-
sence from Wesleyan College in Mid-
dletown Connecticut, where he is an
Associate Professor of Music. Says
Bruce, "I have worn many hats." He
has been a choral conductor, a theory
teacher,and is an accomplished composer
in his own right, having studied com-
position with the well-known pedagogue
and composer Ben Johnston.
In reference to his position at the
University this past semester Bruce
says, "I have had a wonderful time, I
have had good students, and I have
learned a lot . . . I'm just really en-
thusiastic about my experience here."
All are invited out to the Clements
Library at 3:30 p.m. (no fee for ad-
mission) for an afternoon of delightful
music making.

Daily Photos by DARRIAN SMITH
Orange Lake Drive consists of (clockwise from bottom left) Hooker Borders, Dave Mason, Kenny Berch, Steve Schuetz,
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0 RANGE LAKE Drive is one of the hottest jazz-fusion
groups in the country, but not many people know about
them, yet.
The group was formed about eight years ago and consists
of five members: Kenny Berch, bass; the only original
member, Steve Schuetz, keyboards; Dave Reinstein, sax;
Dave'Mason, guitar; and Hooker Borders, drums.
Orange Lake Drive performs all original music, consisting
of everything from soft ballads to songs that will leave you
spellbound. As keyboardist Steve Schuetz explains, "We try
to make our music accessible to everyone."
The group's sound is centered around bassist Kenny Berch.
Kenny's versatility and control, along with his pyrotechnicsI
and speed, are great assets. His style is a mixture of Stanley,
Clarke, Marcus Miller, Louis Johnson, and his own unique
"bend the neck, but don't break it," style.
This is not to say that the other members of this group
aren't exceptional either, because they are. For some songs
each member gives the audience a sample of what they can

do-each band member has the opportunity to wow the
crowd.
What makes Orange Lake Drive special aren't the in-
dividual performances, but the magic they create on stage as
one solid unit-they really mesh.
Orange Lake Drive has two albums-The Cat and Tran-
scend, both on local labels and available in the area. I think
that these two albums deserve to be ranked in the jazz Top 40
nationwide, but keyboardist Steve Schuetz explains the
problem: "Record people don't know shit about music." One
person who does know music and is a fan of O.L.D. is
reknowned jazz guitarist Earl Klugh. Says Klugh, "I really,
enjoy them (Orange Lake Drive)-I think they are very in-
novative."
Orange Lake Drive will be playing at the Quality Inn in
Pontiac in the very near future (call 338-7100 for more info-
mation). The Drive will also be appearing at the North Sea
Jazz festival. in the Netherlands this summer with Dee Dee
Bridgewater. Look for a new album later this summer.
It's-nice to know that there are still some down to earth
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representatives on Monday.
Mbrris, however, said that in the end,
activists are still finding the methods
Kaz advocates ineffective. He pointed
to recent incidents of civil disobedience
at several universities.
Morris said students have recently
participated in "unruly politics"
because they have found "conventional
avenues are blocked and conventional
tactics don't work."
Morris conceded, however, that
students now have an important asset
which was not available to their coun-
terparts of the 60s. "Many of the people
who are skilled and respected can now
come in and act on behalf of the studen-
ts,' he said, pointing to Rev. Jesse
Jackson's recent request to the Colum-

bia University President that
protesters not be arrested.
ALTHOUGH PROTESTS' have
brought students at Columbia and
Berkeley together into a cohesive unit,
Morris said he doesn't know whether or
not the protest movement will grow.
"For a movement to spread, it's im-
portant to have one very visible and
successful movement to trigger it,"
Morris said. "You have several suc-
cessful acts of mass civil disobedience,
then you get attention and attempts at a
national movement."
The movement at Columbia, which
served as a catalyst for similar actions
at other universities, met this objec-
tive, he said. "It was a sustained
movement, it received coverage, and it
was unified."

Although Morris said that the protest;
movement at Columbia got off to a good:
start, he said activism may have
problems becoming a nationwide trend
during the next few months.
"The nationwide movement beganat
the end of a semester," he said.
"Students will have problems with
keeping the momentum over the gum-'
m er.",
Correction
Dr. Leonard Suransky was incorrec-
tly identified as a professor in yester
day's Daily. He teaches a course for
Project Outreach, but is not the direc-
tor as was stated yesterday.

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(Continued from Page 5)
transferring into LSA have not caused
classes to become crowded. They aren't
posing a threat to the college's quality
either, he said.
"The last person that's admitted isn't
going to be different from the first per-
son admitted," Holbrook said.
BUT ACCORDING to Edington, some
phys-ed students aren't as
academically skilled as their LSA coun-
terparts.
"If you look at SAT scores, and GPA

scores and use that as your criteria, no,
they're not as academically qualified,"
Edington said., "Many of our students
come from where academics aren't
high on their list of values.
During the first year of classes, phys-
ed students are required to take two
classes in the division. They can elect to
fill the rest of their schedules with LSA
classes.
IN NATURAL resources, freshman
are required to take only one class in
the school. The rest of. their freshman
requirements are taken in LSA.
But while back door students are
taking the bulk of their freshmen
classes in LSA anyway, their grade
points are not usually as high as their
LSA counterparts.
According to statistics compiled by
the registrar's office, LSA freshman
received an average grade point of 2.93
for fall term. Natural resources school
freshmen received an average grade
point of 2.48 while physical education
freshmen received an average fall term
grade point of 2.36.
NEVERTHELESS, Holbrook says
that these lower average grade points

don't mean that back door transfers into
LSA are huring the quality of the'
college.
"You're assuming, and I think inn
corectly, it's the average student from;
these places that come in from LSA,":
he said. "The student who transfers is*
going to be more likely above the
average than below."
He added, however, that back door
transfers are causing a problem for the
schools they're transferring from.
"If (natural resources') freshmez
group is only using it as a means (of'4
back door entrance) it's going to be less
a part of the school."
BUT IN addition to cheating students
who profess a genuine interest in".
natural resources, Bassett said back,
door students are robbing the school .df
its ability to build up its students body'.
Although some administrators say
the transfers from natural resources
are replaced by transfers into they,
program, no one in the school would cite;
specifics on how many students are ac-
tually anticipated for next fall's
sophomore class.
In physical' education, Harry,
McLaughlin, academic services direc-
tQr, says he has no idea how many of thp,~.
back door transfers are replaced by in-
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